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Game of Death (1978)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  8 June 1979 (USA)
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A martial arts movie star must fake his death to find the people who are trying to kill him.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Lo (archive footage)
Tae-jeong Kim ...
Billy Lo (as Kim Tai Jong)
Biao Yuen ...
Billy Lo (as Bill Yuen)
Hakim (archive footage)
James Tien ...
Dan Inosanto ...
Pasqual (as Danny Inosanto)
Fighter (archive footage)
Roy Chiao ...
Russell Cawthorne ...


In this movie, Bruce Lee is a very famous martial-arts master who stars in many films. After an unsuccessful murder attempt against him, everyone thinks his is dead, but he's just hiding, preparing his revenge... Written by Chris Makrozahopoulos <makzax@hotmail.com>

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Bruce Lee challenges the underworld to a Game of Death.


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8 June 1979 (USA)  »

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Bruce Lee's Game of Death  »

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The inspiration for progressively ascending a pagoda tower to fight opponents was originally featured in Chang Cheh's swordplay epic 'Bao Biao (1969)' aka 'Have Sword Will Travel' written by resident Shaw Brother screenwriter Kuang Ni. See more »


When Billy ascends to the top level of the restaurant to confront Dr. Land, only to find that he has apparently slit his wrists, the boxing bag and staircase from the fight with Hakim can be seen in the spliced-in footage of Bruce Lee. See more »


[first lines]
Director: Cut! Okay, that's a print. That was great, Billy! Okay everybody...
[stage light collapses, crew gasps]
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Edited into Reflections on 'The Little Dragon' (2001) See more »


Will This Be the Song I'll Be Singing Tomorrow?
Music and Lyrics by John Barry
Sung By Colleen Camp
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Barely watchable. Bruce Lee would be turning in his grave.
9 April 2003 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

I wish this wasn't credited to Bruce Lee's name, it's an embarrassment to all involved, and I honestly can't see why this film is praised by some people.

Lee filmed a few fight scenes for a movie before putting the project on hold to do Enter The Dragon, and of course his death. This is the finished product (without his input). His scenes were poorly edited into a full length piece of crap.

I tried to look past the fact that shots switched from old, grainy film to cleaner, sharper film continuously throughout any scene with the real Lee. I tried to look past the appalling effects; such as sticking a picture of Lee's face on a mirror, and filming it as if attached to someone's reflection. I even managed to look past the fact that the guy playing Lee's character for the rest of the film barely looked like him at all. But I still ended up with a bad taste in my mouth at the end of the film.

There is still a point of interest for Bruce Lee fans, the last 15 minutes are great, (the real) Lee's fight with Abdul-Jabar is amazing...But it didn't do the overall product very much help (for the full unedited version of what Bruce Lee filmed for this, check out the documentary on the man called 'Bruce Lee: A Warriors Journey'). This is my second bad experience with unfinished/unreleased films being edited into others, (see also, or more appropriately -- don't see also: Sam's Song starring Robert De Niro), so I have learnt my lesson. 2.5/10.

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